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Mainframes to Minis to Micros


Published February 12, 1984


This was the very first episode of the Computer Chronicles, originally broadcast in September 1983, covering the history and ancestry of today's PC.

Guests: Gary Kildall, DRI; Gordon Bell, DEC; Herb Lechner, SRI; Cyril Yansouni, HP

Products/Demos: HP 150 PC, Computer Museum, TX-1 Computer.
Copyright 1984 Stewart Cheifet Productions.


Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information stewart@cheifet.com

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Reviewer: Anamon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2016
Subject: Interesting document
A very nice, historical document, of course. However, I also find it fascinating that its 1983 perspective further confirms the impression that the field of computer science and technology has, at least conceptually speaking, been mostly stagnant since the mid-80s. Nothing that we have now that wasn't pretty accurately predicted 30 years ago. Nothing that we envision now that wasn't already envisioned in pretty much the same way 30 years ago. The only two developments I see as having had a profound practical impact in those three decades are parallel computing and the pervasiveness of global networking; and only the scale of the latter would have seemed hard to imagine back in 1983.
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